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An overview of Ubuntu 9.10 variants

Nov 02, 2009, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])

"The main product is called simply Ubuntu. This is the original Linux distribution which was launched just over five years ago and which few people at the time expected to become such an important Linux player. In the very beginning Ubuntu was the project's only variant and although it has later given birth to a variety of official derivatives, it still remains the most popular among all the *buntus. This is what most people new to the world of Linux should consider as their first attempt at installing and using - Ubuntu's GNOME user interface is easy to use and it includes a range of beginner-friendly enhancements that will require very little training.

"Besides the standard Ubuntu desktop, there is a special variant designed for netbooks, the ever popular mini-computers, such as the ASUS Eee PC, Acer Aspire One and others. Called Ubuntu Netbook Remix, this variant of Ubuntu optimises the home desktop and the screen layout to small screen sizes that most netbooks come with. It sacrifices parts of each application's title bar to show icons of open applications as well as the system tray, making the working area highly space efficient. Moreover, its home screen quick and easy access to all available applications. The release comes in the form of an ISO image (unlike version 9.04 which was released as an IMG file) which means that users wishing to install it from a USB drive will need to first convert the ISO with Ubuntu's own utility - the USB Startup Disk Creator."

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